What I Got For Christmas 2017!

 

Happy New Year 2018 everyone!

Welcome to my first blog of 2018! I hope you had the most amazing break. It took me longer that I anticipated to kick start my blog after a long holiday. I called it recharging!

So, in today’s post I’m just going to show you what I got for Christmas. It’s just a bit of fun and I love to hear what other people get as well.

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Well, I’m going to start with some hand creams I got. These are all things I got from my loved ones on Christmas. They’re pretty random stuff and that’s what I like about them.

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A holiday edition Yves Rocher Hand Creams in four scents. If you haven’t heard about Yves Rocher, it’s a #1 Beauty Care brand in France. And in this gift set you get a Coconut, Mango Coriander, Bourbon Vanilla and Olive Petitgrain. They all smells amazing but the Olive Petitgrain is definitely my top favorite. It smells so good and so relaxing. I really like the floral scent!

The fragrances are pretty strong in a good way and they linger on for hours.

It feels like it definitely does what it says on the packaging – my hands feel hydrated, smooth, nourished and ready for the long cold weather. On top of that, it’s also paraben-free and they’re not tested on animals. What are you waiting for, dive into botanical sensoriality product line right now!

Tile Mate

Moving on to the next thing I got under the Christmas tree is this Tile Mate Key Finder by Infineon. You can get yours online at Amazon for only C$29.99 a pack.

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It’s smalll and thin which makes it easy to loop it on anything you don’t want to lose for example your phone, backpack, keys and so on. This is game changer, I used to be forgetful when it comes to where I leave my car keys, but everything changed after I installed this. So easy to use!

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It’s so easy to install. Use your smartphone to make your Tile Mate ring when it’s nearby but out of sight.

A smart device that allows you to find things at your finger tips. Don’t fall behind the bandwagon, join the largets lost and found network right now with Tile!

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Everyone in my family knows I couldn’t go on my day without coffee in the morning. So what better gift to receive than a coffee mug that show the coffee production, right! I know it’s going to be my most favorite mug since my little boy chose it while they went shopping at Stokes. Thank you for this thoughtful gift. I love it! 

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Next thing I got is a Marseilles French Press by Stokes. The original price is C$14.99 but it’s on discount now for only $7.98 that’s close to 50% off. The description on their website says it’s crafted using plastic and borosilicate glass, this press will keep your freshly brewed coffee at its ideal serving temperature.

I haven’t got the chance to try this product yet but today feels like a good day to make my own freshly pressed coffee. I love the smell of freshly brewed coffee in the morning and I also like the sound of no one talking to me while I drink it!

You also GET 10% OFF YOUR FIRST ORDER when you sign up to receive their newsletter.

ASUS SONIC MASTER

I save the best for the last and it’s the ASUS SonicMaster a gift I received from my hubby. Honestly, I don’t care much about notebook or laptop as long as it has a soft and comfortable keyboard to type on. I also like if the laptop is lightweight and easy to bring around not mention a nice and sharp widescreen LED with good sound effect.

My fingers are twitching to type on these keyboard after my hubby helps me installed all the programs and apps that I need for blogging.

As always thanks so much for stopping by and read. Hope you find this post interesting and helpful.

What’s the most random thing you got last Christmas? Share it in the comment below.

Sharon xoxo

 

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That’s A Wrap For 2017

 

Happy Holidays everyone! Today’s post is going to be short and sweet. I’ll be sharing with you guys my top 5 five favorite YouTubers that has kept me entertained and help me cook the most delicious and authentic food in my kitchen.

I’ve been watching Rins CookBook for a year now, so I’m always over the moon to try some of her delicious recipes. Craving for Thai food couldn’t get easier. Easy to follow recipes that’s right up my alley.

If you like K-Beauty or Japanese beauty makeup stuff, then Kimdao will keep you entertain all the way from Asia.

For those of you who like going to the gym and watch the life of the owners. Then you get to see how they keep fit and still enjoy life through their vlog. Click here for more videos of Bart & Geo’s Beaws!  They’re really cute couples that’s keeping it real.

Join Mark Weins as he goes to travel for food from Dubai to Israel and to Southeast Asia. Yes, you heard right! Travel for food!!!  If you love spicy food, watch as he indulges everything in chilli spice.

I’ve been watching It’s Judys Life for several years and love to watch their three girls grew and how they work to raise money for Convoy of Hope. It’s a non-profit organization to help feed children around the world.

Who’s your favorite YouTubers that you’re obsessed with lately? Let me know in the comment below.

Thank you so much for staying with me for the whole year. I promise you guys there’s going to be more fun things coming up and you know it’s all about keeping it fresh, keeping me motivated and keeping you guys entertained and interested.

That’s a wrap up for 2017 and here’s me wishing everyone a Blessed Christmas & Happy New Year! I’ll see you guys in 2018. Love you all!!!

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REWIND BLOG: I love the Imperfect Me!

 

Hey everyone! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Today’s post is about a post rewind blog which I posted a few days ago in my other (Express Beauty Blog) channel and thought to share it here with you guys.

I’ve visitors coming from a far and will be spending some quality time with them, so I’ll do my best to post as many blog contents as possible but I apologize in advance if I miss a post or two in the coming weeks.

Hope you enjoyed reading this and I’ll see you on the next one. Click here!

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So that’s it for now, and I’ll see you on my next blog, bye!

Sharon xoxo

 

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What You Don’t See On Social Media!

 

In this Tuesday’s blog post, I’m going to talk about What you don’t see on social media. I’m sharing some moments where I hid myself from online life. If you’re in a viscous circle of comparison right this moment, you got to read this.

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What you wouldn’t find out from my social media postings is that I love my family, I love wearing heels, I don’t share selfie pictures and I’m an introvert.

With social media, you’ll never know what the person is truly like. I understand how easy it is to judge someone based solely on these posts. There’s more to it.

Remember that social media personas aren’t the whole truth. Rather, they’re just pages of information of what I choose to share. But again life can still be honestly magical. Maybe take the pictures you see with a grain of salt or, perhaps allow yourself a moment to believe that maybe the trick of it all is to feel like there can be a small amount of perfect within the mess.

Let’s take Facebook post as an example. Everything I want to be doing, or strangely, the things I think I want to be doing. That is, Facebook is inherently biased.

The number of pictures I take of myself working, sitting on a couch, hiding behind my pajamas and thick writer’s reading glasses?

Anyways, I’ll close with this “what we see is not all that there is”.

What other options are there? You don’t have to do what everyone else is doing. The world needs you to be weird. Now I tag you to share what you don’t talk or share on your social media.

Or better yet, to be you. Not what you think you ought to be. Just be YOU!

I hope this helps anyone reading this post to refrain from comparing at this moment.

Sharon xoxo

 

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Question Tuesday – What Really Drives You?

Hey guys! Yes, I know it’s just January but I was wondering how’s your new resolution or goals coming along?

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We all strive daily to accomplish our set of goals while staying focused to the tasks at hand.

However, have you stopped lately to think of what really drives you to keep going? Or what motivates you? Comment and share your tips.

Take a look and see which one(s) you can relate to. Is it …

  • Ambition
  • Money
  • Independence- To feel in charge of your own life
  • Security- job security, financial security, peace of mind
  • Status/Power/Prestige
  • Self-esteem/The good feeling you get after getting the task done
  • Opportunity to improve, to grow and become more capable.
  • Self-recognition and respect from others after a job well done.
  • Making a difference/ the feeling you get inside
  • You’re competitive
  • Self Acknowledgement
  • Add on any that I didn’t listed it here.

Let’s face it, we’re humans and the tasks we set out to accomplish requires work. Work can be demanding and it’s not surprising that we sometimes abandon it for something that is less challenging or something that seems to be more fun. When that happens, take a quick break and refuel once you’re back on track.

I’ll close with this quote “One of the strongest characteristics of genius is the power of lighting its own fire.” – John W Foster

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post and help you find what really drives you?

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog. I hope to see you all again on my next post. Bye!

Sharon xoxo

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Book: #Bloombook – Self Discovery Journey

 

Hey guys! If you’re a fan of Estee Button aka Estee Lalonde then you would’ve probably heard of her first book “BLOOM” which was released about two months ago. Since it’s released I was very keen to grab a hold of her book. You could tell that I’m her fan, right!

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She has two youtube channels with one called Everyday Estee which is a vlog and her youtube beauty channel is Estee Lalonde. Her beauty channel is where everything started.

I’m not ashamed to admitted that I’ve only learned about her youtube channel until last summer and I’ve been watching her vlog channel ever since.

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I got this book as a Christmas gift from my daughter. She heard me talking about it and was pleasantly surprised when I opened it. Even though it’s not a signed copy, I’ll still treasure it for a long time to come.

Alright enough of my ramblings and let’s get to business. The front cover of her book is clean and direct to point. I would say this book bloom is very her. Why I said that! I think it’s her style and the way she talks and approach life if you watch her vlogs.

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At first, when I read a few pages I thought it was a little too brief to my usual novel readings. It’s seems to me like it’s a summary of her life to youtube all compressed in this 247 pages book. Frankly, I find it quite astonishing! (in a good way).

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What you can find in bloom are short chapters and some longer stories where she talks about work and female empowerment to name a few. The focus of this post for me to share my experience after reading her book. Don’t worry, I’m going to spoil the contents for you.

Thanks to Estee, I just learned that I’m a homebody myself which is not a bad thing at all. I do love travelling from time to time but most of the time, I love to be at home wearing with most comfortable clothing on earth (pjs) and with makeup or no makeup day. With my health problem, I’m kinda restricted to be doing crazy things I used to do before. Gone are those rat race times and crazy working hours. I didn’t miss it anymore. I find myself in solitude and peace that I couldn’t explain. It’s like I woke up one day with my perspective in place and all I’ve to do is just take the time to smell coffee.

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Each chapters bring readers to how she leads her life from childhood memories to adulthood. It’s an interesting book where you could read on your bedside or when you’re commuting on the bus or train. It’s a light and easy reads!

To add an extra punch, she added some pastel color pages in her book to keep the readers glued. This is brilliant in my opinion.

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I thought this is relevant to our connection of being a Canadian. In her own words how she describe to be Canadian – “Canadians have an internal mantra of live and let live”. I could relate to this.

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From this book you would also find how she combats her social anxiety and coping with depression. Reading this book makes me reflect and think a lot of my past experiences both good and bad. I want to take on her challenge to speak and express more about myself here on the blog and what are the things that makes me bloom!

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I recommend this book if you’re looking to find some inspiration book directly from an experienced youtuber. As I was drawn into my blogging world, I realized something from this book that helps me. I finally find my way home again. I love writing and am passionate about life. This book taught me to know no boundaries and sky is the limit.  My favorite phrase has to be “Following my heart!”

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I hope that you too will find your true inner self or your calling to rise by lifting others.

You can order Bloom now if you want to read more about her self discovery journey. This is not a sponsor post or anything whatsoever, I’m sharing my love of this book and I really hope you’d love it as much as I did!

What do you think of this book? Have you read it already? What’s your take on this? Love to hear your comments in the section below.

Thanks for reading my rambles here on the blog. Have a great day, everyone!! [muah♥]

Sharon xoxo

 

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog. I hope to see you all again on my next post. Bye!

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Question Tuesday

 

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Hey guys! Welcome back to Question Tuesday. As we’re a month short to the biggest holiday season of the year. I’m curious to hear …

Q: What’s on your holiday wish list? It could be anything and not necessarily beauty related.

Let me know on the comment.

Thanks a million for be an awesome friend! Hope you’ve a lovely week [muah]

Sharon xoxo

 

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Tag Me Beautiful!

 

Hi guys! I hope you are all having a great week so far. If you know me well you will know that I love my Question Tuesday post. So, 2 weeks ago I did a special post asking you to comment. I received many comment questions which I’m going to share with you right here. Special thanks to all friends who have responded. I’ve put links to all who have contributed to these tag questions.

Now, let’s jump right in.

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Tag Questions by everyone in no particular order:

  1. What is your key to stress relief? Heather Lilia – Walk away from my computer and take a walk.
  2. What is on your Christmas wish list this year? (it’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas!) stashy – I’ve a long  beauty list to go through this year. So, I’ll be a separate post for that.
  3. What is the best site of blogging for you? Sonja Josipovic – I’m using WordPress and I’m quite happy with their service.
  4. You can only take FIVE beauty products with you on a trip. What do you take? Ash @ Spit Up and Sit Ups – Hmm.. this is a tough one. But if I’ve to choose only five then I’ll take my moisturizer, bb cream, an eyeliner, eyeshadow palette and a lipstick.
  5. Name your top 5 “holy grail” products! (Makeup) ingrid – Beauty Blender, Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush, it Cosmetics CC+ Cream and Lorac Pro Eyeshadow Palette.
  6. What’s your favorite concealer? hey.maca (@esmacaa) – For drugstore brand, I like the Maybelline Eye Eraser Concealer.
  7. What is your number one favourite beauty product? Nellwyn Lampert (@cardinalpress) – This is a difficult one since I love all my beauty products but I’ll say eyeshadow palette since I’ve most in my collection
  8. What did you have for breakfast this morning? Valerie Gray (@valmg) – A banana, 2 toasted bread on avocado and a cup of hot coffee latte.
  9. If you only had 5 minutes to do your makeup, what products would you apply? Saidah www.aproverbswife.com – I can’t go out without eyeliner and lipstick.
  10. What was the last thing which made you laugh? Jelena Milosavljević – My son told me that his home-class teacher kiss him on the cheek to express thanks for the birthday gift. He said “Mommy I don’t want to marry Mdm Annie”.
  11. What is one place you wish you could visit and one place you would love to go back to?  Neely (@Neelykins) – I wish to visit Europe someday and I want to revisit Japan again.
  12. Do you *actually* throw out your mascara every three months?
    (http://www.classyontherun.blogspot.com) – It’s advisable to throw away mascara every 3 months but I keep those with cute packaging for my collection.
  13. My question is what made you come up with this and what is the weirdest question that somebody has ever asked you? toughcookiemommy  – I just got this idea as I was preparing for my weekly Question Tuesday post. It’s quite random but I really enjoy the response I get. I don’t remember getting any weird question honestly. I find all the questions are well thought-off.
  14. What are your best tips for make up while cruising and why. Tell us about make uptrends and myths. (@MrsALOMartin) – Summer is the best time for cruising and I would advise to just bring a minimal makeup.I’ll be on the ship most of the time and I want to keep it casual.
  15. If you had to choose one makeup product and only one what would it be?  carrie@thelavenderhytta – I love eyeshadow palette so that’s what I’ll pick
  16. How do you get rid of sunburns? Imaobong Asuquo – Applying aloe vera or deep moisturizer helps to cool down the skin
  17. If you can only choose one make up product to use for the rest of the month what would it be? crystalMy answer will still have to be eyeshadow palette
  18. But since I’m a huge lipstick fan, what do you prefer? Matte or sheen? And what brands do you normally use? Mai Cochico – I’m a fan of matte lipstick. I’ve a few brands which I really like. Makeup Forever, MAC and Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick line.
  19. If you had 25 hours in your day how would you use the extra hour? Jill Fickling-Conyers – I would definitely use the extra 1 hour catching up with reading
  20. Do you like contouring or a more natural look? Laura – I like a no makeup makeup look but on occasion I don’t mind contouring
  21. How do you keep your makeup staying fresh throughout the day? lipstickandpuppykisses – Makeup setting spray works everytime
  22. What’s your favorite “natural” (toxin-free) beauty product?
    AWanderingVine – I’ve many favorite brands but currently I’m loving the @maison jacynthe  
  23. What are your winter beauty essentials? T-Nicole Johnson – I need hand and body lotion, heavier moisturizers, lip balm,  waterproof mascara, SPF sunscreen, budge proof eyeliner and burning a candle.
  24. When do you put eyeliner on and should you do top and bottom? Candy Kage – I feel that applying eyeliner can really make a big difference to the eye makeup look. Apply eyeliner on the upper liner unless I’m doing a smoky eye look then I’ll do a tight line on both top and bottom.
  25. What is your favorite thing to do in November? Hey Sharonoox – I love to start pulling out my wishlists and start shopping for holiday gifts.

Thank you for stopping by to read. I hope you enjoyed this post and find it interesting. Now, copy this Tag Me Beautiful and spread the fun of tagging.

I heard many of you like this idea, so let me know if you like anything specific you want me do on the next Question Tuesday! Until next time, let’s keep questions coming.

Have a wonderful day! Love you guys!

Sharon xoxo

 

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Question Tuesday Tag Comments

 

Hi guys! Today I’m going to do something really different in this blog. I’m thinking of starting a new tag questions for November and I need your help to comment below what you would like me to put in the tag.

Let’ s chill out:

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It’s going to be called #Tag Me Beautiful.

The rule is very simple. All you’ve to do is comment one or many questions you like in the comment below. It could be any random or beauty related questions. Once I’ve collected 30 questions from you all, I’ll do a tag based on your questions. And for doing that, I’ll put a link back to your blog so that you too can do this tag.

So, let’s do this ladies and gentleman – share it and make this viral.

Sharon xoxo

 

 

 

 

Question Tuesday – Journaling

 

Hey guys!

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Since I started blogging, I’ve started journaling as a way to stay focused and positive. I wanted to share how I did mine if you’re interested to know. I personally find bullet journaling to be a very effective tool! It’s very easy, super fun, and takes very little time out of my schedule. I really enjoy this!

Q: Who else here bullet journals? Don’t forget to comment below. I love to hear what you think.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read.

Sharon xoxo

 

 

Blogging Schedule

 

Hey guys! Hope your week were great. Today, I thought to share with you guys my blogging schedule, if you care.

I’ve been blogging since two years ago and I’ve never stopped ever since. I used to blog seven times a week consistently on the first year but decided to cut it down to 4 times a week when I felt it became too overwhelming for me. I was stressed out and then I remembered why I blog in the first place.

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I’ve been following this schedule for a year now and it’s time I wanted to spice up a little by adding the topics of what I’ll post on the schedule.

For example: On Promo Monday, I’ll post either one of the topics. It could be a beauty haul, lifestyle or fashion haul.

So I’ve put up a schedule which works best for me and hope for you too. I’m always looking for ways to tweak my system to make it more efficient, effective and inspiring. A way to consistently blogging without burning out. Blogging could be stressful at times when there is a deadline to meet.

How do I keep up? Well, here’s the thing you might want to know (maybe you already know) – Never wait until you have enough time to write the post. If you miss that very important moment of being inspired, that article may never happen. This is very important !

Here’s what you’ll find in this blog?

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I’ll be posting 4-5 times a week based on this schedule. I’ll also be posting Blogtober post every Saturday for the month October. If you like to add your requests that you want me to post, then don’t forget to leave your comments below.

How do you keep yourself motivated and inspired? How do you keep producing fresh content without burning out?

Thank you for reading my post and happy blogging. Hope to see you all again on the next blog. Bye!

Sharon xoxo

 

 

 

30 Random Questions Tag

 

Today was the first time since Thursday that I could really sit down and take my time to write my blog. So, I thought I’d share with you something light and casual. Nothing too crazy but is it going to be a random post- Oooh YES!

So, let’s jump right in.

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Here are my answers to the 30 random questions tag:

1. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?
Closed, I feel safer

2. Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotel?
Occasionally, when I really like the products or packaging

3. Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?
Tucked out

4. Have you ever stolen a street sign before?
Obviously not, that’s just crazy

5. Do you like to use post-it notes?
I like ’em! I find them helpful!!!

6. Do you cut out coupons but then never use them?
Yesss all the time. Hahaha!

7. Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of a bees?
A big bear

8. Do you have freckles?
Nope and I’m happy about that #lol

9. Do you always smile for pictures?
Yes lol, I just can’t help it

10. What is your biggest pet peeve?
When people walk slow and take over the side walk

11. Do you ever count your steps when you walk?
No cuz it would be a lot

12. Have you ever peed in the woods?
Ewwww nooo

13. What about pooped in the woods?
That’s even worse.

14. Do you ever dance even if there’s no music playing?
Sometimes, when I’m in the my zone

15. Do you chew your pens and pencils?
No, never!

16. How many people have you slept with this week?
One!!!

17. What size is your bed?
King -_-

18. What is your Song of the week?
Ummmm… Beautiful In White by Westlife

19. Is it okay for guys to wear pink?
Yea sometimes they look good, lol

20. Do you still watch cartoons?
Oh YES!

21. Last person you kissed/kissed you?
My Hubby

22. Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine?
That’s pretty straightforward. No way! I`m way too conservative

23. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?
Don’t remember!

24. Do you have any magazine subscriptions?
Yes, I have

25. Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?
Like a year ago or something like that

26. Favorite type of fruit pie?
Blueberry / Other pie Pecan

27. Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?
Lawyer / Model

28. Do you miss anyone right now?
Yes!!!

29. Ever been in love?
Of course…its fun and still madly in love

30.Tea or coffee?
I’m a coffee addict.

Well, now you have read all my answers so feel free to like and comment with a few of your answers below. I love to read your answers and really hope you would do this tag too.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read. Happy a beautiful Wednesday!

Sharon xoxo

 

 

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